Mackenzie Ryan, The Des Moines Register

Mackenzie Ryan

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Mackenzie:

Iowa college student and his twin brother die in two-car collision in Montana

David and Benjamin Temte, 20-year-old twins from Bloomington, Minnesota, were killed in a Montana crash that also left a 66-year-old dead. → Read More

Severe weather: Flash flooding prompts call to 'Turn around, don't drown!'

Des Moines first responders have been responding to multiple calls of people stuck in their cars as the water rose around them. → Read More

Man injured in rollover crash on Highway 65 transported to hospital

The red Honda car appeared to have rolled over and was in a ravine east of the highway. One man was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital. → Read More

Iowa chicken processing plant to close, lay off about 500

Employees were told Thursday in a letter that 479 plant workers, 22 administrators and 12 field operations workers would be laid off. → Read More

Death penalty bill eligible for full Senate debate; supporters point to 2005 murder case

A similar bill last year failed to get through the committee process. Its chances of survival remain uncertain. → Read More

Virtual snow days requires kids to learn at home; here's how one rural Iowa district does it

How one rural Iowa school district keeps students learning at home, even even the weather prevent them from attending school. → Read More

People to Watch: Meet Fez Zafar, a Roosevelt High teen determined to change the world

Fez Zafar, 17, founded a nonprofit, hosted the American Iftar Dinner and is planning a youth-focused presidential candidate before the Iowa Caucuses. → Read More

These are the Des Moines-area schools that are struggling

Schools in Ankeny, Carlisle, Des Moines, Johnston, Southeast Polk and West Des Moines have been identified as struggling, among others across Iowa. → Read More

Power outage turns lights off at five West Des Moines Schools; classes to continue

School is continuing despite the interruption at five West Des Moines Schools, although there might be some modifications to class schedules → Read More

12 of our favorite RAGBRAI-themed gifts for every bike lover you know

Gift ideas for the bicycling and RAGBRAI enthusiast: Jerseys, sweatshirts, caps, decorations, jewelry, posters, prints, coasters, crew shirts → Read More

Des Moines schools might change high school schedules. Here's what you need to know.

Des Moines Schools is looking for feedback on proposed switch: From an 8-period block schedule to a 7-period modified block → Read More

Former Iowa coach arrested for public intoxication after 2016 game may coach again

A former Iowa baseball coach from Boyer Valley, Jay Petersen, can coach again. His suspension for consuming alcohol and then supervising is lifted. → Read More

The ultimate gift: Iowa teacher pens book of poetry for his mother

At age 10, John Thompson promised himself he'd write a book about his mom. Now 55, he did — and giving it to her was among the "happiest" moments. → Read More

State: Former Catholic school teacher had 'inappropriate' relationship with music student

Scott D. Teater taught at Notre Dame Jr.-Sr. High in Burlington. He's accused of having an "inappropriate" relationship with 15 year old → Read More

How a Clive family turned their holiday lights into a Toys for Tots drop-off site

How a Clive Iowa family turned their home holiday lights display into a Toys for Tots drop-off site → Read More

Iowa Christian Academy needs 'miracle' of $270,000 cash influx or they could close

"We're hoping for that miracle." Iowa Christian Academy needs to raise $270,000 by mid-December so they don't close in January. → Read More

Things to do in Des Moines: 11 family-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays in central Iowa

Enjoy a holiday bike ride, view lights in a limo, meet Santa (and real reindeer!), take a train to the North Pole or jam to Christmas music. → Read More

Things to do: 5 popular holiday light displays that will get you in the Christmas spirit

From Jolly Holiday Lights in Altoona to the Beaverdale neighborhood in Des Moines, taking in these displays can become a family tradition. → Read More

Things to do in Des Moines: These 3 historic holiday tours are a must-see

Three historic venues in Des Moines will be opening their doors to the public for open houses starting this weekend. → Read More

Things to do: Ice skating at Brenton Plaza, plus 6 ice skating games to try with the kids

Ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza in downtown Des Moines is tradition for families and friends → Read More